In the past four years, with the state under court order to reduce prison overcrowding, California voters have passed ballot measures easing the state's Three Strikes law and reducing many felonies to misdemeanors. Proposition 57, backed by Governor Jerry Brown, continues that trend by allowing some nonviolent felons early release and by expanding a "good time credit" program that allows shorter sentences for those in rehabilitation and education programs. Proposition 57 would also require that judges, instead of prosecutors, decide whether juveniles should be tried as adults. Forum debates the measure.
Proposition 57 Would Allow Early Release of Some Felons
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An inmate uses a mirror to look outside his cell at the Los Angeles Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles, 19 May 2004. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)
Anne Marie Schubert, district attorney, Sacramento County
Gabriel Sanchez , deputy legal affairs secretary in the governor's office, State of California
Marisa Lagos, reporter, KQED's California Politics and Government Desk